Ground Effect Ranchsliders

$219 NZD

groundeffect.co.nz

Ground Effect are a Kiwi brand with a cult-like following for their products. Being New Zealand based, Ground Effect  have a set of waterproof pants called the Splashdowns and have just released their performance oriented Stove Pipe and Step Through pants. These are more in line with the other pants on test. They’re made from the same fabric as Ground Effect’s performance baggies, feature a tapered ankle, and have been designed with low profile knee pads in mind. The Ranchsliders are a unique offering in this group test but could be a good option for some riders.

Materials, fit and features

The Ranchsliders are the heaviest pants on test, weighing in at double the weight of the Mons Royale Virage Pants at 481 grams in medium. They’re constructed from Ground Effect’s Hi-Impact Plus Fabric, which consists of 97 percent nylon and 3 percent lycra. 

There are two open hand pockets at the front of the pants, as well as a horizontal zipped rear pocket. The stretch lumbar panel is comfortable and stays put, and there’s also belt loops for extra security. Another nifty feature is the turn-up concealed dome cuffs that allow you to taper the ankles to avoid chain suck. The pants feature a water-resistant treatment, are windproof, and according to Ground Effect ‘dry faster than lightening’. 

On the bike

There’s no getting around the fact the Ranchsliders are noticeably heavier than the lightweight all-mountain pants on test. They also run hotter. Despite this, Ground Effect haven’t told any lies when it comes to the fit of the Ranchsliders, as well as their hard-wearing nature. 

I realise this is Australian Mountain Bike magazine and not Gardening Australia, but something I liked about their Ranchsliders was their usefulness outside of just riding. I found myself wearing them around the yard while attempting various shoddy DIY projects, and they’ve held up just fine while I’ve been crawling around pavers and generally treating them poorly. 

Who they suit?

The Ranchsliders would suit a rider who values a hard-wearing product and perhaps is looking for pants to ride in the winter and shoulder seasons as opposed to year-round. If you’re riding to work and need bulletproof commuting kit, or just value versatile apparel the Ranchsliders could be for you! 

Hits:

  • Durable 
  • Utilitarian 
  • Community minded brand

Misses:

  • Heavy